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Community Health Sciences

Community Health Sciences Course Listings

Lower Division Courses

60. Intergroup Dialogue: Peer Dialogue. (2)

Seminar, two hours. Discussion on issues of difference, conflict, and community to facilitate understanding between social/cultural groups. Student participation in semi-structured face-to-face meetings with students from other social identity groups to learn from each others’ perspectives, read and discuss relevant reading material, and explore their own and other groups’ experiences in various social and institutional contexts. Exploration of ways of taking action to create change and bridge differences at interpersonal and social/community levels. P/NP or letter grading.

90. Aging Frontier: Public Health Perspective. (4)

Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Introduction to gerontology from public health perspective, emphasizing prevention of illness and promotion of healthy aging. Special attention to health and aging among women and racial/ethnic minorities. Letter grading.

91. Peer Health Counselor Training. (4)

Lecture, four hours. Limited to students in Peer Health Counselor Program. Analysis of student healthcare issues as related to campus healthcare delivery system and to healthcare consumer. Identification of health needs, determination of appropriate resources, delivery of preventive and self-care education, and delineation of peer health counselor’s role. P/NP or letter grading.

Upper Division Courses

100. Introduction to Community Health Sciences. (4)

Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Development of broad appreciation of community, cultural, developmental, and psychosocial factors as they affect health, health-related behavior, and implications for public health. Review of theories, models, and modalities of interventions and policies for health promotion and disease prevention. Letter grading.

130. Nutrition and Health. (4)

Lecture, three hours; laboratory, one hour. Preparation: one biology course, one chemistry course. Basic and clinical nutrition theory and practice for students in health sciences curricula. P/NP or letter grading.

132. Health, Disease, and Health Services in Latin America. (4)

Lecture, four hours. Introduction to health, disease, and health services in Latin America, with emphasis on epidemiology, health administration, medical anthropology, and nutrition. P/NP or letter grading.

M140. Health Issues for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders: Myth or Model? (4)

(Same as Asian American Studies M129.) Lecture, three hours; fieldwork, one hour. Introductory overview of mental and physical health issues of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders; identification of gaps in health status indicators and barriers to both care delivery and research for these populations. Letter grading.

160. Intergroup Dialogue: Theory and Practice of Peer Facilitation. (4)

Lecture, four hours. Recommended requisite: course 60. Discussion on issues of difference, conflict, and community to facilitate understanding between social/cultural groups. Peer facilitator training course to develop understanding of theoretical and research foundations of intergroup dialogue, peer-facilitated discussions involving relationship building (and coalition building) through thoughtful engagement around different social identity issues. Study of variety of techniques, tools, and strategies to support students in their capacity to implement sustained dialogues with students from other social identity groups. Letter grading.

161. Intergroup Dialogue: Training Practicum. (4)

Seminar, four hours. Enforced requisite: course 160. Application and further development of content and skills learned in course 160. Co-facilitation of weekly dialogues with students on specific identity theme and further development of knowledge and techniques in areas of group dynamics, conflict intervention, communication and community, and mental health effects of structural inequality as they relate to discussions of social justice and multicultural issues. Readings in these areas and discussions of ongoing dialogue dynamics. Letter grading.

CM170. Improving Worker Health: Social Movements, Policy Debates, and Public Health. (4)

(Same as Labor and Workplace Studies M170.) Lecture, three hours; fieldwork, two hours. Examination of intersection between work, health, and environment, analysis of social causes of health disparities, investigation of historical trends and social movements, interpretation of current policy debates, and development of innovative interventions. Concurrently scheduled with course CM470. P/NP or letter grading.

179. Life Skills for College Students. (4)

Seminar, four hours. Multidisciplinary exploration of student development in undergraduate experience, with focus on processes of identity formation and emotional and social development. Emphasis on variability associated with gender, race, ethnicity, culture, and sexual orientation. Testing of real-life relevance of theory and research. P/NP or letter grading.

180. Field Studies in Cancer Control. (4)

Lecture, two hours; discussion, one hour; fieldwork, four hours. Requisite: Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology 50. Designed for juniors/seniors. Opportunity for students to become involved in cancer control through classroom discussion, lectures, service in field, and guided research. Biology of cancer, its prevention, early detection, treatment, and rehabilitation. Letter grading.

181. Campus/Community Health and Wellness Promotion: From Theory to Practice. (4)

Lecture, two hours; discussion, two hours. Limited to juniors/seniors. Theory, training, and experience in health/wellness promotion and health/wellness education in selected campus communities. Participation in supervised small-group program planning project. Letter grading.

187A-187B. Introduction to Interventions for At-Risk Populations. (4-4)

Lecture, three hours; committee meetings/community service, two to six hours. Course 187A is requisite to 187B. Designed for juniors/seniors. Health and social needs/services from primarily public health perspective, drawing on related academic/professional disciplines. Community-based service learning strategy used to enhance knowledge of concepts covered. As part of service portion, students trained as caseworkers and committee members. Letter grading.

195. Community or Corporate Internships in Community Health Sciences. (4)

Tutorial, six hours. Limited to juniors/seniors. Internship in supervised setting in community agency or business. Further supervision provided by public health organization for which students do internship. Students meet on regular basis with instructor and provide periodic reports of their experience. May be repeated for credit. Individual contract with supervising placement sponsor required. P/NP or letter grading.

197. Individual Studies in Community Health Sciences. (2 to 4)

Tutorial, four hours. Limited to juniors/seniors. Individual intensive study, with scheduled meetings to be arranged between faculty member and student. Assigned reading and tangible evidence of mastery of subject matter required. May be repeated for credit. Individual contract required. P/NP or letter grading.

Graduate Courses

200. Global Health Problems. (4)

Lecture, two hours; discussion, two hours. Overview of health profile of world in the century. Global health problems and methods by which they have been dealt in context of Alma Ata goal of health for all by year 2000. Letter grading.

205. Immigrant Health. (4)

Lecture, two hours; discussion, one hour. Limited to graduate students. Overview of key topics in public health for documented and undocumented immigrants and refugees in U.S. Demographics, health status, behavioral risk factors, and social determinants, health and human rights, and access to healthcare and prevention services. Analysis of public policy across topics. Builds skills necessary to develop integrated approach to health of immigrant populations. Letter grading.

M208. Introduction to Demographic Methods. (4)

(Same as Biostatistics M208, Economics M208, and Sociology M213A.) Lecture, four hours. Preparation: one introductory statistics course. Introduction to methods of demographic analysis. Topics include demographic rates, standardization, decomposition of differences, life tables, survival analysis, cohort analysis, birth interval analysis, models of population growth, stable populations, population projection, and demographic data sources. Letter grading.

210. Community Health Sciences. (4)

Lecture, three hours. Preparation: one social sciences course. Basic concepts, relationships, and policy issues in field of community health, variability in definitions of health and illness, correlates of health and illness behavior, impact of social and community structure on health status, major contemporary approaches to health promotion and health education at community level. Use of comparative international perspective. Letter grading.

211A-211B. Program Planning, Research, and Evaluation in Community Health Sciences. (4-4)

Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour; outside assignments, eight hours. Course 211A is requisite to 211B. Development, planning, and administration of public health programs in community settings. Introduction to range of research methods and techniques used in designing and conducting health research, with particular emphasis on evaluation of community-based public health programs. Course organized into three modules. Letter grading. 211A. Requisite: course 210; 211B. Requisites: courses 210, 211A, and Biostatistics 100A or Epidemiology 100.

212. Advanced Social Research Methods in Health. (4)

Lecture, four hours; laboratory, two hours; outside assignments, eight hours. Requisites: courses 211A, 211B, Biostatistics 100B, 406. Problems of health survey design and data collection; measurement issues in data analysis and interpretation; use of computer for analysis of large-scale survey data using various statistical techniques. Letter grading.

213. Research in Community and Patient Health Education. (4)

Lecture, three hours; discussion, two hours. Requisite: course 210. Application of conceptual, theoretical, and evaluation skills to community-based health education risk-reduction programs. Computer applications, data management, and research methodologies taught through microcomputer and mainframe computer management and analysis of program databases. Letter grading.

214. Issues in Program Evaluation. (4)

Discussion, three hours; reading and research paper, one hour. Requisite: course 212. Advanced seminar that explores problems of planning and implementing evaluation research in context of local demonstration projects. Letter grading.

M216. Qualitative Research Methodology. (4)

(Same as Anthropology M284.) Discussion, three hours; laboratory, one hour. Intensive seminar/field course in qualitative research methodology. Emphasis on using qualitative methods and techniques in research and evaluation related to healthcare. Letter grading.

M218. Questionnaire Design and Administration. (4)

(Same as Epidemiology M218.) Lecture, four hours. Requisites: courses 211A and 211B, or Epidemiology 200B and 200C. Design, testing, field use, and administration of data collection instruments, with particular emphasis on questionnaires. Letter grading.

219. Theory-Based Data Analysis. (4)

Seminar, three hours. Enforced requisites: Biostatistics 100A, 100B, 406. Translation of theory into data analytic plan, its application to real data, and interpretation of results obtained through multivariate analysis. Analysis of quantitative data using range of multivariate techniques, such as linear multiple regression and logistic regression. Analysis of theoretical problem using student quantitative data or public use data. Letter grading.

220. Racism and Public Health: Social Epidemiologic Approaches. (4)

Seminar, two hours; discussion, one hour. Requisite: Biostatistics 100B. Integration of social epidemiologic methods and critical approaches to study of racial stratification and public health, with focus on (1) conceptualizing racism-related factors as social determinants of health, (2) building methodological competence for conducting research on racism as social determinant of health, and (3) developing critical self-consciousness to better understand how persons’ racial- or racism-related perspectives and experiences might inform their research. Letter grading.

221. Introduction to Sociocultural Aspects of Health. (4)

Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Examination of how social stratification and culture relate to health and health-related behavior. Consideration of four major status characteristics: age, ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic status. Description of epidemiological patterns and discussion of social meaning of those four characteristics. Letter grading.

M222. Understanding Fertility: Theories and Methods. (4)

(Same as Sociology M206.) Lecture, three hours. Preparation: one formal or social demography course. Requisite: Biostatistics 100A. Application of demographic theories and methods to describe fertility trends and differentials and social and proximate determinants of fertility, with emphasis on understanding key proximate determinants. For advanced students interested in population, demography of health, and social demography. Letter grading.

M223. Tobacco: Prevention, Use, and Public Policy. (4)

(Same as Health Services CM221.) Lecture, four hours. Designed for juniors/seniors and graduate students. Study of tobacco use and its health consequences, including interplay of historical, biological, sociocultural, political, and economic forces with knowledge, attitudes, and behavior choices of individuals. Introduction to prevention interventions, cessation interventions, anti-tobacco efforts in U.S., and international trends in tobacco use. Letter grading.

224. Social Determinants of Nutrition and Health. (4)

Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Preparation: one basic nutrition course. Health promotion strategies aimed at reducing chronic disease risk through lifestyle changes have not been particularly successful in addressing needs of socioeconomically disadvantaged groups. Overview of literature supporting relationship between socioeconomic disadvantage and food-related health conditions such as obesity, diabetes, and osteoporosis. Critical examination of plausible pathways from perspectives of multidisciplines (economics, nutrition, sociology, and more), with focus on linkages between social and physical environment (including built environment) and food equity/access; discussion of how food may be catalyst for improving social capital and health. Discussion of examples of local and international efforts to improve access to healthy foods and/or limit access to unhealthy foods. Exploration of methods for assessing social capital and food-related aspects of neighborhood environments. S/U or letter grading.

226. Women’s Health and Well-Being. (4)

Lecture, four hours. Limited to graduate students. Interdisciplinary perspective critically examining research on women’s health. Overview of scientific inquiry and methods; gender roles; status attainment and medical sociology. Review of current data on women’s health. Letter grading.

229. Policy and Public Health Approaches to Violence Prevention. (4)

Lecture, four hours. How policies relate to violence and development of skills to transmit this knowledge. Examination of wide range of policy topics and how each might be associated with reduction/increase in violence/violent injury. Letter grading.

230. Family and Sexual Violence. (4)

Lecture, three hours; community, three to four hours. Examination of rape, incest, and spouse and elder abuse. Presentation of definitions, causes, outcomes of research on family and sexual violence, as well as response of social service, medical, and criminal justice systems. Letter grading.

231. Maternal and Child Nutrition. (4)

Lecture, four hours. Nutrition of mothers, infants, and children in countries at various levels of socioeconomic development; measures for prevention and treatment of protein/calorie malnutrition; relationship between nutrition and mental development; impact of ecological, socioeconomic, and cultural factors on nutrition, nutrition education, and service. Letter grading.

M232. Determinants of Health. (4)

(Same as Health Services M242.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Designed for graduate students. Critical analysis of models for what determines health and evidence for social, economic, environmental, genetic, health system, and other factors that influence health of populations and defined subgroups. Letter grading.

233. Hunger and Food Insecurity as Public Health Issues. (4)

Lecture, three hours. Designed for graduate students. Public health aspects of hunger and food insecurity in historical and international perspectives, including measurement and identification of vulnerability, prevention, and options for relieving acute food shortage. Letter grading.

M234. Obesity, Physical Activity, and Nutrition Seminar. (4)

(Same as Health Services M255.) Seminar, three hours; outside study, one hour. Designed for graduate students. Multidisciplinary introduction at graduate level to epidemiology, physiology, and current state of preventive and therapeutic interventions for obesity in adults and children, including public health policy approaches to healthy nutrition and physical activity promotion. S/U or letter grading.

235. Influence of Social and Physical Environment on Racial Health Disparities. (4)

Seminar, three hours. Preparation: at least one biostatistics or epidemiology course. Limited to graduate students. Examination of how community stressors and neighborhood resources may contribute to health disparities. Discussion of multiple factors that contribute to environmental injustice and their potential solutions. Do health disparities arise because minorities and low-income populations live in harmful environments? Is relationship between environment and health disparities merely one of potential exposure to chemical/physical hazards, or are there psychosocial mechanisms at community level that act above or beyond effects of physical environment? Letter grading.

236. Managing Drug Abuse from Public Health Perspective. (4)

Lecture, four hours. Exploration of numerous areas of public health impacted by drug use; public health options for controlling associated problems; positive and problematic aspects of drug use in terms of costs and benefits; variety of information resources such as scientific literature, surveys, institutional databases, key indicators, key informants, and expert opinions; and use and application of specific decision-tools such as decision tree analyses, benefit-cost analyses, Delphi panels or other consensus-building approaches, and basic epidemic models when developing public health policies having to do with substance use and misuse. Letter grading.

M237. Evolving Paradigms of Prevention: Interventions in Early Childhood. (4)

(Formerly numbered 237.) (Same as Health Services M290.) Seminar, three hours; fieldwork, one hour. Designed for graduate students. Introduction to use of early childhood interventions as means of preventing adverse health and developmental outcomes. Concepts of developmental vulnerability, approaches to assessment, models of service delivery, evaluation and cost-benefit issues, funding, and other policy issues. Letter grading.

238. Evolving Paradigms of Prevention: Interventions in Adolescence. (4)

Seminar, three hours. Designed for graduate students. Introduction to organizing principles that underlie health assessment and intervention in adolescent populations (identity formation, access to care, knowledge/attitudes/behavior influences) and provide basis for understanding pivotal issues in health enhancement, morbidity, and mortality. Letter grading.

M239. Race and Ethnicity as Concept in Practice and Research. (4)

(Same as Asian American Studies M239.) Discussion, three hours. Integration of cross-cultural findings in healthcare with current American (U.S.) healthcare system paradigms to facilitate designing culturally based public health programs and train culturally competent practitioners. Letter grading.

M244. Advanced Seminar: Medical Anthropology. (2 to 4)

(Same as Anthropology M263Q, Nursing M273, and Psychiatry M273.) Seminar, three hours. Limited to 15 students. Examination of interrelationships between society, culture, ecology, health, and illness. Bases for written critical analysis and class discussion provided through key theoretical works. S/U or letter grading.

M245A-M245B-M245C. Child Abuse and Neglect. (2-2-1)

(Same as Dentistry M300A-M300B-M300C, Education M217G-M217H-M217I, Law M281A-M281B, Medicine M290A-M290B, Nursing M290A-M290B-M290C, and Social Welfare M203F-M203G-M203H.) Lecture, two hours. Course M245A is requisite to M245B, which is requisite to M245C. Intensive interdisciplinary study of child physical and sexual abuse and neglect, with lectures by faculty members of Schools of Dentistry, Law, Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health and Departments of Education and Psychology, as well as by relevant public agencies. Letter grading.

246. Women’s Roles and Family Health. (4)

Lecture, two hours; discussion, one hour. Rapidly changing roles of women throughout world are having important effects on women’s own health and that of their families. Analysis of multidisciplinary research from both developing and industrialized countries to provide basis for in-depth discussion of programmatic and policy implications. Letter grading.

247. Population Change and Public Policy. (4)

Lecture, four hours. Examination of international population change, population-related policies, and public health implications of demographic processes. Letter grading.

248. Women’s Mental Health. (4)

Discussion, three hours. Designed for graduate students. Prevalence of psychological distress and psychiatric disorder among women, with emphasis on impact of social and cultural factors, including gender roles and socialization, stratification and inequality, work and family roles, diagnosis, help-seeking behavior, and treatment. Letter grading.

M249L. Ethical Issues in Public Health. (4)

(Same as Health Services M249L.) Lecture, four hours. Requisites: Health Services 200A, 200B. Case conferences, based on real-life experience, focus on ethical issues in health services organization and management, including ethical issues related to conflict of interest, quality of care, health insurance selection, choice of drugs, reproductive rights, AIDS, and resource allocation. Letter grading.

M250. HIV/AIDS and Culture in Latin America. (4)

(Same as Latin American Studies M262.) Seminar, three hours. Exploration of cultural, political, and public health context for people living with and at risk for HIV/AIDS and their families in Latin America. Public health aspects, including epidemiology, comorbidity concerns and community interventions, medical anthropological study of experience of those impacted, and grass-roots responses, as well as political/economic context addressing poverty and structural violence. Letter grading.

M252. Health Policy Analysis. (4)

(Same as Health Services M233.) Lecture, three hours. Requisites: Health Services 100 or 200A, M236, M287. Conceptual and procedural tools for analysis of health policy, emphasizing role of analysis during various phases of lifecycle of public policy. Letter grading.

254. Intentional Disasters: War and Refugees. (2)

Lecture, two hours. Recommended requisites: courses 211A, 211B, 295, Epidemiology 100, one survey methods course. Previous international experience strongly encouraged. Overview of intentional disasters, with focus on technically underdeveloped areas and consequent population migration. Principal focus on health consequences of these events and strategies to address health issues. Letter grading.

M255. Keeping Children Safe: Causes and Prevention of Pediatric Injuries. (2)

(Same as Epidemiology M255.) Lecture, two hours. Injuries have been leading killer of children in U.S. for decades. Children have specific risk factors for injuries, many of which are preventable. Presentation of approaches to research and prevention of pediatric injuries. Letter grading.

M256. Interdisciplinary Response to Infectious Disease Emergencies: Public Health Perspective. (4)

Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Designed to instill in professional students ideas of common emergency health problems and coordinated response, with specific attention to bioterrorism. Examination of tools to help students prevent, detect, and intervene in infectious disease emergencies. Interdisciplinary sessions also attended by students in Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, and Nursing during weeks two through five. Letter grading.

257. Program Planning in Community Disaster Preparedness. (4)

Lecture, four hours; outside study, eight hours. Requisites: courses 211A, 211B, 295. Health education and emergency management principles combined to design, plan, implement, and evaluate community disaster preparedness programs, including needs assessment, identification of target population, objective writing, program planning, and process, outcome, and impact evaluation. Letter grading.

258. Cooperative Interagency Management in Disasters. (4)

Lecture, four hours. Recommended requisite: course 295. Designed for graduate students. Broad overview of how different agencies involved in disaster responses work together to handle impact of mass population emergencies. Identification of role of local, state, and federal governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, media, and healthcare facilities in disaster situations. Students meet with representatives of different agencies involved in disaster responses and visit one of area’s state-of-art emergency management operations facilities. Letter grading.

M260. Health and Culture in Americas. (4)

(Same as Anthropology M266 and Latin American Studies M260.) Lecture, three hours. Recommended requisite: course 132. Health issues throughout Americas, especially indigenous/Mestizo Latin American populations. Holistic approach covering politics, economics, history, geography, human rights, maternal/child health, culture. Letter grading.

M263. Social Demography of Los Angeles. (4)

(Same as Sociology M263.) Lecture, three hours. Designed for graduate students. Use of city of Los Angeles to examine major social and demographic factors that characterize cities in U.S. Examination of role of these factors in affecting health outcomes. Letter grading.

M264. Latin America: Traditional Medicine, Shamanism, and Folk Illness. (4)

(Same as Anthropology M264 and Latin American Studies M264.) Lecture, three hours. Recommended preparation: course 132, bilingual English/Spanish skills. Examination of role of traditional medicine and shamanism in Latin America and exploration of how indigenous and mestizo groups diagnose and treat folk illness and Western-defined diseases with variety of health-seeking methods. Examination of art, music, and ritual and case examples of religion and healing practices via lecture, film, and audiotape. Letter grading.

265. Images of Aging and Illness. (4)

Lecture, three hours. Designed for graduate students. Images of aged that students hold, images that serve various professional and commercial interests in society, and images aged themselves use to make sense out of their experiences. Letter grading.

270A-270B. Foundations of Community Health Sciences. (4-4)

Lecture, four hours. Enforced requisite: course 210. Course 270A is enforced requisite to 270B. Limited to departmental doctoral students. In-depth analysis of theories, methods, and research on which community health sciences are based. Letter grading.

271. Health-Related Behavior Change. (4)

Lecture, four hours. Requisite: course 210. Unified behavioral science approach to natural determinants of change, as foundation for planned change in health-related behavior at community, group, and individual levels. Letter grading.

M272. Social Epidemiology. (4)

(Formerly numbered 272.) (Same as Epidemiology M272.) Lecture, two hours; discussion, one hour. Requisite: Epidemiology 100. Relationship between sociological, cultural, and psychosocial factors in etiology, occurrence, and distribution of morbidity and mortality. Emphasis on lifestyles and other socioenvironmental factors associated with general susceptibility to disease and subsequent mortality. Letter grading.

273. Social Epidemiology of Chronic Disease. (4)

Lecture, two hours; discussion, one hour. Requisite: Epidemiology 100. Relationship between sociological, cultural, and psychosocial factors in etiology, occurrence, and distribution of chronic diseases. Topics include hypertension, coronary heart disease, and cancer. Emphasis on lifestyles and other socioenvironmental factors associated with chronic diseases. Letter grading.

M274. Health Professions. (4)

(Same as Sociology M249A.) Lecture, three hours. Requisite: course 210. Sociological examination of concepts “health” and “illness” and role of various health professionals, especially physicians. Attention to meaning of professionalization and professional/client relationships within range of organizational settings. Letter grading.

M275. Health and Illness Behavior. (4)

(Same as Sociology M249B.) Seminar, three hours. Designed for graduate students. Seminar discussion based on student responses to readings on medicalization, health promotion as moral enterprise and consumerism, and preoccupation with body. S/U or letter grading.

276. Complementary and Alternative Medicine. (4)

Lecture, three hours. Requisites: course 100 or 210, Health Services 100. Analysis of use and acceptance of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) by clients and providers. Core beliefs of CAM, relationship of CAM and spirituality, licensure and certification of CAM providers, relationship of CAM and conventional medicine, impact of CAM on client identity. Letter grading.

277. Advanced Community Health Education. (4)

Lecture, two hours; discussion, two hours. Requisite: course 210. Before planning educational components of health program, one must assess behaviors and factors influencing health problem. Conceptual, theoretical, and evaluative skills developed and applied in constructing community-based educational program. Letter grading.

M278. Work and Health. (4)

(Same as Environmental Health Sciences M270.) Lecture, three hours; practicum, one hour. Recommended preparation: graduate-level methods/statistics course, basic epidemiology. Designed for graduate students. Exploration of impact of work on physical and psychological health in context of newly emerging discipline. Focus on psychosocial models, measurement (including hands-on experience), contextual factors (gender, ethnicity, social class), and how work stressors can be ameliorated. S/U or letter grading.

M280. Drugs of Abuse from Neurobiology to Policy and Education. (4)

(Same as Neuroscience CM277.) Lecture, four hours. Enforced requisite: Neuroscience M101A. Course ranges from synapse to society. Provides intensive didactic on current neuroscientific basis for understanding substance abuse and blends that material with relevant topics such as epidemiology, co-occurring disorders, treatment options, prevention, and public policies, with emphasis on communication of course materials to general public. Letter grading.

281. Capstone Seminar: Health Promotion and Education. (4)

Seminar, 90 minutes; discussion, 90 minutes. Requisite: course 210. Current problems and findings in health promotion and education (e.g., nutrition, family health, AIDS/HIV, minority health); learning from presentations and critical discussions of master’s project reports completed under faculty supervision. Letter grading.

282. Communication in Health Promotion and Education. (4)

Lecture, three hours. Requisite: course 210. Design, implementation, and evaluation of health communication strategies for health promotion programs. Equal emphasis on communication theories, models, and empirical research literature and on specific applications in health programs and case studies. Letter grading.

283. Evidence-Based Health Promotion Programs for Older Adults. (4)

Seminar, three hours. Requisite: course 210. Graduate seminar intended to explore sociocultural determinants of health-related behaviors among aged. Letter grading.

284. Sociocultural Aspects of Mental Health. (4)

Discussion, three hours. Designed for graduate students. Examination of how society shapes mental health of its members and lives of those who have been identified as mentally ill. Group differences (e.g., gender, ethnicity) in disorder and how it is socially constructed. Letter grading.

285. Aging, Health, and Society. (4)

Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. General introduction to major social issues affecting health of elderly in America. Leading gerontological theories and major issues that affect aged, showing how those theories and issues influence health status, health promotion, and illness among elderly. S/U or letter grading.

286. Doctoral Roundtable in Community Health Sciences. (4)

Seminar, two hours. Designed for departmental doctoral students who must enroll every term until they are advanced to candidacy. Interactive seminar with focus on research process and social mechanisms in science. May be repeated for credit. S/U grading.

M287. Politics of Health Policy. (4)

(Same as Health Services M287.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Requisites: course 210, or Health Services 200A and 200B. Examination of politics of health policy process, including effects of political structure and institutions; economic and social factors; interest groups, classes, and social movements; media and public opinion; and other factors. Letter grading.

288. Health Communication in Popular Media. (4)

Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Requisites: course 210 or prior social sciences courses. Designed for graduate public health students. Topics include how popular media portray health issues, how people use these media, and impact of these media on health behaviors and perceptions. Strategies to influence or understand media, such as media advocacy, health journalism, media literacy, and entertainment education. Case examples include both domestic and global health issues. Media content analysis, audience research, and assessment of media effects. Letter grading.

289. Drug Abuse in Pregnancy: Special Focus on Adolescents and Utilizing Secondary Data Sources. (4)

Lecture, three hours; clinical placement. Designed for graduate students. Multidisciplinary graduate seminar combining didactic material on substance abuse in pregnancy, participation in ongoing research, and clinical experience in on- and off-campus settings. Medical, social, economic, and legal issues affecting pregnant substance abusers. Letter grading.

290. Race, Class, Culture, and Aging. (4)

Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Experience of aging for African American, Latino, and Asian elderly examined in context of their families, communities, and nation. Exploration of cultural and structural influences on health and lived experiences of those elders. Letter grading.

291. Health Policy and Aged. (4)

Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Examination of political, economic, and social forces that shape health policy for aged, identifying failings in those policies within framework of broader health policy problems. Letter grading.

292. Communication and Media Development in Health Promotion/Education. (4)

Lecture, three hours; field practice, one hour. Requisites: course 210 or prior social sciences courses. Design of health communication materials using digital media that integrates practice and theory. Letter grading.

293. Social and Behavioral Research in AIDS: Roundtable Discussion. (2 to 4)

Discussion, two hours; individual consultation, two hours. Review and discussion of research programs directed toward identification of psychosocial, biobehavioral, environmental, and community factors related to prevention and control of AIDS/HIV. Letter grading.

M294. Social and Behavioral Factors of HIV/AIDS: Global Perspective. (4)

(Same as Psychiatry M288.) Lecture, four hours. Requisites: course 100 and Epidemiology 100, or prior social sciences courses. Overview of social and behavioral factors that influence both transmission and prevention of HIV/AIDS throughout world. Letter grading.

295. Overview of Emergency Public Health. (4)

Lecture, four hours. Designed for graduate students. Overview of issues involved in disaster preparedness and response for public health agencies. Introduction to theoretical and practice aspects of field of emergency public health. Examination of disaster cycle and various natural and human-induced hazards from public health perspective. Letter grading.

296. Advanced Research Topics in Community Health Sciences. (2 to 4)

Discussion, two to four hours. Advanced study and analysis of current topics in community health sciences. Discussion of current research and literature in research specialty of faculty member teaching course. May be repeated for credit. S/U or letter grading.

M299. Intervention to Reduce HIV and Its Consequences. (4)

(Same as Psychiatry M289.) Lecture, three hours. Examination of interventions to reduce HIV/AIDS transmission. Review of theory and research supporting efficacy of HIV interventions for variety of high-risk populations. Letter grading.

375. Teaching Apprentice Practicum. (1 to 4)

Seminar, to be arranged. Preparation: apprentice personnel employment as teaching assistant, associate, or fellow. Teaching apprenticeship under active guidance and supervision of regular faculty member responsible for curriculum and instruction at UCLA. May be repeated for credit. S/U grading.

400. Field Studies in Public Health. (2 or 4)

Fieldwork, to be arranged. Field observation and studies in selected community organizations for health promotion or medical care. Students must file field placement and program training documentation on form available from Student Affairs Office. May not be applied toward M.S. minimum course requirement; 4 units may be applied toward 60-unit minimum total required for M.P.H. degree. Letter grading.

401. Measuring Sensitive Topics. (4)

Lecture, two hours; discussion, two hours. Limited to School of Public Health doctoral students. Data collection methods and designs and how to think analytically about them, ethics in measurement of sensitive topics, review of current best practices in measuring important public health content areas. Letter grading.

M406. Preparing for Smallpox or Other Bioterrorist Events. (2)

(Same as Epidemiology M406.) Lecture, two hours. Major current public health issue is massive effort to prepare for possible bioterrorist events. Practical application of principles of epidemiology and public health in preparing for smallpox or other bioterrorist events. Letter grading.

M411. Issues in Cancer Prevention and Control. (4)

(Same as Health Services M411.) Lecture, four hours. Designed for juniors/seniors and graduate students. Introduction to causes and characteristics of cancer epidemic, cancer control goals for nation, and interventions designed to encourage smoking cessation/prevention, cancer screening, and other dietary, psychosocial, and lifestyle changes. Letter grading.

M418. Rapid Epidemiologic Surveys in Developing Countries. (4)

(Same as Epidemiology M418.) Lecture, four hours. Requisites: Biostatistics 100A, Epidemiology 200A, 200B, and 200C (and/or 100). Presentation of how to do health surveys in Third World countries. Practical assistance for planning and organizing surveys, including use of microcomputers to develop and test questionnaire, select sample, process and analyze data, and prepare final report. Letter grading.

M420. Children with Special Healthcare Needs: Systems Perspective. (4)

(Same as Health Services M420 and Social Welfare M290I.) Lecture, three hours; fieldwork, one hour. Examination and evaluation of principles, policies, programs, and practices that have evolved to identify, assess, and meet special needs of infants, children, and adolescents with developmental disabilities or chronic illness and their families. Letter grading.

425. Child Advocacy: Skills for Effective Action. (4)

Seminar, three hours; fieldwork, one hour. Designed for graduate students. Use of case method approach to involve students both in classroom discussions and in fieldwork projects about which they update classmates. Highly respected leaders for children in community share experiences and offer insight. Letter grading.

426. School-Linked Services: Integrated Health, Education, and Social Services for Children in Communities. (4)

Seminar, three hours; fieldwork, one hour. Designed for graduate students. Examination of school services in context of other dramatic changes, scope of problems facing youth, roles that schools may serve as organizers/delivery sites for comprehensive services, and factors that influence development of appropriate school service models. Letter grading.

427. Reproductive Health in Sub-Saharan Africa. (4)

Lecture, four hours. Recommended requisite: course 247. In-depth understanding of reproductive health challenges facing sub-Saharan Africa and main programs designed to address them. Topics include family planning, STIs, abortion, adolescents, HIV/AIDS, and refugees. Letter grading.

M428. Child and Family Health Program Community Leadership Seminar. (2)

(Same as Health Services M428.) Seminar, two hours. Designed for graduate students. Examination of characteristics of community-based organizations (CBOs) and role of leadership in decision-making process involved in major issues facing maternal and child health in Los Angeles County. Focus on specific leadership competencies that are or should be employed by organizations effective in shaping maternal and child health programs and policies (or any population-level policies and programs). Leaders from CBOs in Los Angeles meet with students, comment on their practicum experiences, and underscore community leadership concepts demonstrated by those CBOs. S/U or letter grading.

431. Foundations of Reproductive Health. (4)

Lecture, three hours. Limited to graduate students. Understanding reproductive technologies and practices is critical for public health students interested in designing programs to address problems such as unwanted pregnancy, family planning, sexually transmitted diseases, and inadequate preventive services. Examination of foundations of reproductive health from medical perspective, with particular attention to implications for public health programs, health services, and policy. Topics include anatomy and physiology of male and female reproductive health tracts, methods of birth control, medical and surgical abortion, infertility, maternal care, and sexual violence and trauma. S/U or letter grading.

432. Perinatal Healthcare: Principles, Programs, and Policies. (4)

Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Comprehensive examination of perinatal healthcare, including perinatal epidemiology, outcome measures, public programs, controversies surrounding new technology, regionalization, organization of services at federal, state, and county levels, and medical/legal issues. S/U or letter grading.

433. Reproductive Health: Demographic Applications. (4)

Lecture, four hours. Introductory aspects of population dynamics; reproductive biology (male and female); contraceptive methods; fertility-related behaviors and STDs; methods to measure contraceptive (life tables) and program (evaluation) effectiveness. Letter grading.

434A. Maternal and Child Health in Developing Areas. (4)

Lecture, four hours. Requisite: course 231. Major health problems of mothers and children in developing areas, stressing causation, management, and prevention. Particular reference to adapting programs to limited resources in cross-cultural milieux. S/U or letter grading.

435. Seminar: Advanced Issues in Women’s Health. (4)

Seminar, three hours. Preparation: at least one prior women’s health course, one to two biostatistics courses, one research methods course. Provides more advanced and in-depth understanding of ways in which scientists “know” and considerations of women’s place in scientific discourse. Examination of series of case studies as starting point for discussion. Letter grading.

M436A-M436B. Child Health, Programs, and Policies. (4-4)

(Same as Health Services M449A-M449B.) Lecture, four hours. Requisite: Health Services 100. Course M436A is requisite to M436B. Examination of history of child health policy trends and determinants of health, structure, and function of health service system; needs, programs, and policies affecting especially at-risk populations. Letter grading.

437. Principles and Practice of Preventive Medicine. (4)

Lecture, two hours; discussion, two hours. Designed for graduate students. Comprehensive review and evaluation of scientific background and application of principles of preventive medicine, with primary focus on families and disadvantaged. Letter grading.

440. Public Health and National Security at U.S.-Mexico Border. (2)

Lecture, two hours. Designed for graduate students. Exploration of community and environmental health and health services issues that are present along U.S.-Mexico and coastal California borders. Integrated within public health framework are issues and mitigation of national security and disaster/terrorist risks and hazards. Letter grading.

441. Planning and Evaluation of Global Health Programs. (4)

Lecture, four hours. Theory, guidelines, and team exercise for planning community health/family planning projects in U.S. and in developing countries. Phases include community needs identification; goal setting; budget and work plan development; funding; staffing; evaluation design; data and cost analysis; and project presentation. Letter grading.

443. Assessment of Family Nutrition. (4)

Lecture, four hours. Requisite: course 231. Assessment of nutritional status of families in developing countries, with special reference to limited resources, terrain, and cross-cultural considerations, stressing anthropometric methods and techniques. S/U or letter grading.

444. Anthropometric and Dietary Aspects of Nutritional Assessment. (4)

Lecture, two hours; laboratory, two hours. Requisite: course 443. Practical skills in anthropometric and dietary assessment, including selection of appropriate methods, data gathering and handling, and analysis and presentation. Letter grading.

446. Nutrition Education and Training: Third World Considerations. (4)

Lecture, two hours; discussion, one hour; student participation, one hour. Requisite: course 434A. Problems and priorities in nutrition education and training for families and health workers in Third World countries, including new concepts in primary healthcare services, mass media, communications, and governmental and international interventions. S/U or letter grading.

447. Health and Social Context in Middle East. (4)

Lecture, four hours. Recommended preparation: background in Islamic or Middle Eastern studies. Requisite: course 200 or 231 or 434A. Current health issues and problems of countries in Middle East and implications for socioeconomic development. Review of economic, demographic, and cultural variation of region to provide background for discussion of trends and patterns of health and nutritional status of population in area. Letter grading.

448. Nutrition Policies and Programs: Domestic and International Perspectives. (4)

Lecture, two hours; discussion, two hours; field visits. Preparation: one nutrition sciences course and/or nutrition program experience. Nutrition programs and policies in U.S. and developing countries compared and contrasted. Analysis of role of major international, governmental, and nongovernmental agencies. Emphasis on meeting needs of vulnerable populations. Letter grading.

449. Nutrition and Chronic Disease. (4)

Lecture, four hours. Preparation: one graduate or undergraduate course each in chemistry or biochemistry, physiology, and nutritional sciences, or M.D. degree. Advanced-level seminar on nutritional needs of healthy individuals, current knowledge of role of nutrition in disease prevention, nutritional and metabolic responses to disease, and role of nutritional therapy in management of disease. Letter grading.

451. Post-Disaster Community Health. (4)

Lecture, four hours. Requisite: course 295. Examination of how public health research and practices can be combined to address post-disaster community health needs. Identification of disaster-related health problems, data collection strategies, and service delivery approaches in post-disaster environment. Letter grading.

452. Management of Food and Nutrition in Major Emergencies. (4)

Lecture, three hours. Designed for second-year master’s or doctoral students interested in humanitarian relief. Basic principles required to design rational and cost-effective food and nutrition emergency relief approaches and programs. Letter grading.

CM470. Improving Worker Health: Social Movements, Policy Debates, and Public Health. (4)

(Formerly numbered M470.) (Same as Environmental Health Sciences M471 and Urban Planning M470.) Lecture, three hours; fieldwork, two hours. Examination of intersection between work, health, and environment, analysis of social causes of health disparities, investigation of historical trends and social movements, interpretation of current policy debates, and development of innovative interventions. Concurrently scheduled with course CM170. S/U or letter grading.

474. Self-Care and Self-Help in Community Health. (4)

Lecture, two hours; discussion, two hours. Review of background, principles, concepts, programs, and research concerning emerging field of self-care in health. S/U or letter grading.

477. Health Disparities, Health Equity, and Sexual Minority Populations. (4)

Lecture, two hours; discussion, one hour. Limited to graduate students. Examination of health disparities affecting sexual minority populations, category that includes lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender (LGBT) persons. Use of Healthy People 2010 Companion Document for LGBT Health to outline key health issues and national recommendations for achieving reductions in each area. Discussion of considerations for providing clinical care and public health practice in this population, unique social and contextual factors influencing LGBT health, and methodological issues for conducting research among LGBT persons. S/U or letter grading.

482. Practicum: Community Health Sciences. (4)

Discussion, two hours; fieldwork, up to 20 hours. Requisites: courses 210, 211A, 211B. Understanding of professional practice in health-related organizations. Letter grading.

483. Leadership Development and Empowerment for Health Promotion and Health Education. (4)

Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Requisites: courses 210, 211A, 211B. Development of basic understanding of and competency in leadership development and empowerment support for health promotion in multicultural and distressed communities (e.g., south-central Los Angeles). Letter grading.

484. Risk Communications. (4)

Lecture, three hours; fieldwork, one hour. Requisites: courses 210, 211A, and 211B, or prior public health and behavioral sciences courses. Risk communication theory, research, and practice, including social and psychological bases of population risk perceptions, media theories, and how risk is portrayed in media. Environmental, product safety, food-borne and infectious diseases, disasters, and bioterrorism communications. Letter grading.

485. Resource Development for Community Health Programs. (4)

Lecture, three hours; fieldwork, one hour. Designed for graduate students. Overview course of fund and resource development for public health and community-based programs. Lectures and workshops include developing grant proposals, researching funding sources, evaluating proposals, developing volunteer and in-kind resources, and implementing capital campaigns. Letter grading.

487. Community Organization for Health. (4)

Lecture, three hours; fieldwork, four to six hours. Preparation: three public health, sociology, or anthropology courses. Requisite: course 210. Theory and practice of community organizations, including models and strategies of community organization and their application to health problems and health policy. Particular attention to use of community organization for health promotion and to change public policy. Letter grading.

495B. Teaching in Public Health. (4)

Lecture, three hours. Limited to School of Public Health doctoral students. Preparation of advanced doctoral students for teaching responsibilities as part of university career. Although classroom teaching to be emphasized, information and ideas can be applied to other educational and training settings. S/U grading.

501. Cooperative Program. (2 to 8)

Tutorial, to be arranged. Preparation: consent of UCLA graduate adviser and graduate dean, and host campus instructor, department chair, and graduate dean. Used to record enrollment of UCLA students in courses taken under cooperative arrangements with USC. No more than 8 units may be applied toward master’s degree minimum total course requirement; may not be applied toward minimum graduate course requirement. S/U grading.

596. Directed Individual Study or Research. (2 to 12)

Tutorial, to be arranged. Limited to graduate students. Individual guided studies under direct faculty supervision. Only 4 units may be applied toward M.P.H. and M.S. minimum total course requirement. May be repeated for credit. S/U or letter grading.

597. Preparation for Master’s Comprehensive or Doctoral Qualifying Examinations. (2 to 12)

Tutorial, to be arranged. Limited to graduate students. May not be applied toward any degree course requirements. May be repeated for credit. S/U grading.

598. Master’s Thesis Research. (2 to 8)

Tutorial, to be arranged. Only 4 units may be applied toward M.P.H. and M.S. minimum total course requirement; may not be applied toward minimum graduate course requirement. May be repeated for credit. S/U grading.

599. Doctoral Dissertation Research. (2 to 12)

Tutorial, to be arranged. May not be applied toward any degree course requirements. May be repeated for credit. S/U grading.

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